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Barlow 'to save Blackpool gig'

Singer and X Factor judge Gary Barlow has said he should "know by midday" if he can step in and play tomorrow's Blackpool Illuminations concert after The Script had to pull out due to "a sudden serious family illness".

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Gary Barlow offers to help light up Blackpool

Gary Barlow has offered to be Blackpool's knight in shining armour after The Script were forced to pull out of this year's Illuminations concert.

Gary Barlow has offered to step in after The Script were forced to pull out of the concert. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Irish band said it was "with deepest regret" that they had to cancel the gig on the 30 August and another at the Leeds Academy the day before "due to a sudden serious family illness".

The X Factor judge wrote on Twitter, "I hear Blackpool are looking for someone to switch the lights on this year? If they'd write a cheque to Children in Need I'd do it?"

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